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R.I.’s ban on happy hours questioned

After nearly three decades devoid of after-work drink specials, a push to legalize happy hour in Rhode Island is brewing again. Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket,...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
JOHN MARION, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the state's legislative redistricting process is flawed and open to abuse and needs to be changed. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Does public need more input in R.I.’s redistricting process?

The process that shifts the political landscape every 10 years with the redrawing of legislative district boundaries should include inviting more public input through...

Josh Saal named new R.I. housing czar

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee has appointed Josh Saal as Rhode Island's deputy secretary of commerce for housing to oversee the state’s housing...
A NEW REPORT commissioned by the R.I. Department of Revenue says the state could gain $18.5 million per year in general revenue from iGaming. This image shows a free money mobile slot game offered through Bally's Twin River Lincoln Casino. / COURTESY BALLY'S CORP.

Report: iGaming revenue would add $18.5M per year to R.I. budget

PROVIDENCE – If Rhode Islanders were allowed to use their phones and laptops to play government-regulated online slot machines, table games and poker, the...
MOVING ON: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien talks with then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at an August 2018 press conference at Slater Mill to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox’ decision to move to Worcester, Mass. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Faces change, differences remain

GOVERNMENT Talk about a sudden turn. For six years, the General Assembly – or at least one chamber of it – was controlled by House Speaker...
RAISE THE BAR ON RESIDENT CARE members call for wage increases and staffing improvements outside the Bannister Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care in Providence in 2019. / COURTESY RAISE 
THE BAR ON RESIDENT CARE

Advocates for seniors: Wage boost needed for care workers as ‘age...

Rhode Island is facing an “age wave” that could overwhelm its long-term elder care system if wages are not increased to entice more workers...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...

Bally’s: Bond to R.I. remains strong

Rhode Island leaders say they’re confident that a recent bid by Providence-based Bally’s Corp. to build a $1.6 billion “flagship” casino in Chicago won’t...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announced Thursday a proposed supplemental budget for the state to immediately spend approximately $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

McKee submits budget amendment plan to spend over $100M of R.I.’s...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday outlined his plan to spend nearly 10% of the state's $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan...

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